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B-Movie Ben -
Subject: 1001 Films to See Before You Die
It is reported to be the first use of narrative in a film in this country, and it is certainly the first "western" film. All other cops and robbers films sprang from this one.
It is short. Depending upon where you see it (YouTube, Google, etc), it can run from nine to 11 minutes, and some have color painted in. It was not about "stars" as no one is credited in the film, not even the director. It is about an infant industry showing what they can do and what we can maybe expect in the next 100 years. Hard to believe how far we have come from this start.
It will keep your interest from start to finish, which is more than can be said about many films today.
Any serious film lover has to add this to their list.
Subject: perhaps mixed with 1904 version?
The movie itself was all right, but I'm wondering based on descriptions if some of the footage doesn't come from the 1904 version "The Great Train Robbery" plagiarized from Porter by Siegmund Lubin (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000487/). Specifically, the scene where the train conductor is beated repeatedly and thrown off the train seems like it should be from the 1904 version. However, this version does not have the arches in the dancing scene that should also be in the 1904 version, making me guess that the two versions were mixed for this copy.
Can you upload Divx version?
Filmcollectief Zandvoort -
Subject: Movie Resampled!
For all downloaders, by accident a wrong version of this movie was uploaded and today, may 24, 2007 aroun 11 o' clock Amsterdam time, we replaced the MPG-file with a much better and sharper version. It is available for download now!
Subject: Worth watching
WOW!! Finally its here. A small silent work that holds some "firsts" indeed. Perhaps, the very first western film with great narrative. The first stuntman "Frank Hanaway" who is seen falling from the horse and yes!! the train driver who is seen getting down from the engine, (I have forgotten his name) worked in almost 2000 shorts.
Nothing great perhaps but its worth a watch. An absolute archival material.
Strange, it is not in PUBLIC DOMAIN.
Subject: not jump cuts
Great upload, but just a minor picky note: jump cuts and cross cuts are not the same thing. A jump cut is a deliberately jarring cut when a piece of footage is removed from a continuous shot, giving us a "jump" in the the shot. An familiar example would be the old romantic comedy cliche' of a woman going on a series of bad blind dates; we see the same shot of a restaurant table but we keep cutting to different losers sitting in the chair.
Subject: Another inovation?
I had a Black Hawk copy of this film in 8mm. In their synopsis and on the film they said that they restored color portions of the film. This was done with water colors and was seen in just a few instances such as gun shots (orange) peopele at a dance (a Blue Dress) and the safe explosion (orange). They claim that each frame was painted to heighten the effect.